I often find myself in a financial situation where I am desperate for money. I scramble to figure out where it can come from. Is there something I can sell? Somebody I can borrow it from? Maybe an invoice I can collect?
While I’m tempted to make a plea on my email groups, communities, or blog, I restrain myself. I say a little prayer and rely on God to take care of it for me instead. That’s how I deal with it. I don’t necessarily find anything wrong with sending your plea through your email groups and such, but I just have a hard time reaching out for help. I also think you need to be careful in how you word it.
For example: (copied and pasted, typos are included)
1976 F-250 2 wheel drive extended cab 360 motor with manual trans. new tune up on motor & carb has been rebuilt.. make me an offer I need to get rid of this one as soon as I can just found out the wife is pregnant.. I am desperate to sell..no resonable offer refused as long as it is resonable… I might also be interested in trading for smaller front wheel drive car, Boat or 4 wheeler atv
Case in point (and the reason I’m posting about this today) is when somebody posted on one of my local groups recently that he was desperate to sell his truck because his wife just found out she was pregnant. Ok, when I first read his email my first thought is that he wants to sell his truck because they need to start saving for baby expenses that they weren’t expecting. Is my interpretation of this wrong or does he want you to feel sympathy for his situation?
So you get to the end of his ad and he says, “I might also be interested in trading for smaller front wheel drive car, Boat or 4 wheeler atv.” Ok, I’m sorry, how is a boat or 4 wheeler atv going to help you and your unexpectedly pregnant wife? I can see where they might want to trade it for a car. That makes sense. Does trading for a boat or atv make sense?
I usually am not a judgmental person. I think the reason this has got me all up in arms is because I did feel sympathy for their situation at first, but the end of the ad just made me feel he was using the situation as a sympathy ploy for his ad, which in turn made me feel … used.
Hmmm…off my soap box now.